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superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 9:34:26 PM
Doc says I have a bilateral break and is worried it could shift.

I fell a week ago. when is this going to heal? He wants my on OXY! not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have now used up 5 days of sick and already had vaca, planned for the rest of the year.
Ugggg

Before anybody asks! I am not over weight but over 40
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Sique  [Member]
12/22/2010 9:35:45 PM
If you were under 40 it would have healed by now. Over 40 and it will start to feel better in a few years.
thebeekeeper1  [Site Staff]
12/22/2010 9:35:49 PM
Typically––months.
conservahaulic  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 9:53:52 PM
I fell a few months ago and only bruised a rib and it hurt like @%$* for 3 to 4 weeks. So I guess you are gonna for a while longer....
AZspirit  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:00:52 PM
Broke eight ribs years ago under 40 hurt worse than the shattered wrist and broken hip. shallow breaths man shallow breaths
TC6969  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:01:36 PM

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.

If then!
badlnb  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:04:32 PM
I cracked three ribs on my left side back in 1998 when I fell 20 feet off of a roof. It hurt like hell for a couple of weeks and was back to normal in about a month.
Really I didn't notice the pain in my side as much as I did the pain in my left hip and legs. I landed on my left side on my overloaded tool pouch. It HURT.
kcolg30  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:05:49 PM
How do you fix a rib. Does it heal on it's own or does it require surgery?
Freeway  [Life Member]
12/22/2010 10:06:55 PM
My dad is a medical doctor and he just broke two ribs. He told me that broken ribs take five weeks to heal. He controlled the pain with Vicadin and Ibuprofen. He said the worst pain was when he was in bed and also when he drove a manual.
Merrell  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:08:00 PM
Month or two, depending on age.
HubMcCaan  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:13:43 PM
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.
otar  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:14:22 PM
87 days
victorgonzales  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:15:38 PM
cracked three when i was 17. hurt for about two months..
jrinfoley  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:18:55 PM
I broke four ribs last winter when I fell on icy steps. I took the pain for a couple of days and then went to the ER and got X rays done. I went home with some oxycodone and muscle relaxers. They were my best friend for a few days. Most of the major pain was gone in a couple of weeks, but it took nearly three months to be pretty much pain free.
ar15rabits  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:22:49 PM
your gonna feel it for awhile, the pain stops, but for about 2 months if you turn or move just right, you'll feel alittle something, sleeping is misserable, get up every morning, take a long hot shower, makes it easyer to cough, you need to do this.
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:24:05 PM
I took a drivers door hit in a demo derby that busted up my ribs. It was at least a month before I could get a good nights sleep and breath without pain. It was two more months before I was pain free and able to lift heavy items without sharp stabbing pain in the ribs.
LOW2000  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:25:04 PM

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.

This.

Was snowboarding, carving toeside and hit a big patch of solid ice, my board kicked out from under me and because my arms were out in front of my body, all of my weight fell straight down on my ribs on the ice. Hurt to breathe for weeks, and was still tender for a couple months and mine were only bruised.
LoganSackett  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:25:10 PM
How much stupidity do you have scheduled for the coming weeks? For me, it hurt a lot longer than it normally should have.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:25:53 PM
take the oxy, be comfortable and youll heal faster


i broke my arm sat night. hurts like a bitch
axl  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:26:33 PM
This was from a Humvee - front right tire centered my chest.

Took a while to get over it and broken ribs do hurt, I feel your pain.
superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:27:03 PM
Originally Posted By HubMcCaan:
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.


Ugggg Guess I better call HR tomorrow.

I'm a lineman. I need to at least be able to climb into my bucket

So I guess climbing poles and ladder is out of the question?
sigp226  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:28:30 PM
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.
NoVaGator  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:30:58 PM
broke a few and detached some coastal cartilage a few years ago

still hurts from time to time
Weiseguy  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:31:04 PM
I cracked a rib in my 30's and it hurt like hell all winter and some of the spring. Good as new by summer.
FlashHole  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:32:25 PM
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.


This is the anwer you are seeking. Try not to laugh, cough and especially sneeze.
HubMcCaan  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:32:52 PM
Originally Posted By superlazy:
Originally Posted By HubMcCaan:
My wife is an athletic trainer with a Master's in Sport's Medicine and she said 8 to 10 weeks, wrapping is not always a good thing because it can lead to pneumonia, and use lots of anti-inflammatory's and lots of ice - basically life is gonna suck for 2-3 months at least. If you have any questions she'll be more than happy to help.


Ugggg Guess I better call HR tomorrow.

I'm a lineman. I need to at least be able to climb into my bucket

So I guess climbing poles and ladder is out of the question?


She is saying to take 3 Advil and two to three hours later take 2 extra-strength Tylenol and keep alternating between the two all day long. Can you lift your arms over your head? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being bad) what is your pain level just sitting still breathing?

Another_Dude  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:33:45 PM
Usually six to nine.







Years.
Firebird69  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:34:58 PM
Send me the pain pills if you don't want them
foxherb53  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:36:25 PM
Couple months for sure..
toothandnail  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:37:22 PM
I hope you have strong core muscles , that will help ALOT to lessen the pain from movement , learn how to tighten them up when moving , of not it's gona hurt like @^*%#@ when you
take a deep breath
get in bed
roll over in bed
get out of bed
laugh
cough
sneeze
pick up stuff
bend
put on shoes
ect.
ect
pretty much doing anything that involves movement

good news probably wiggle your toes and maybe bend your knees painfree

broke ribs 3 times , last time I had to keep it from my wife , cause I broke'em doing something she told me not to do sex just about KILLED me
DamascusKnifemaker  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:37:44 PM


She is saying to take 3 Advil and two to three hours later take 2 extra-strength Tylenol and keep alternating between the two all day long. Can you lift your arms over your head? On a scale of 1-10 (10 being bad) what is your pain level just sitting still breathing?



I wouldn't mix Advil and Tylenol without your Dr. recommending it. It can be bad for your liver to mix meds even it they are OTC.
C-4  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:37:52 PM
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Month or two, depending on age.


+1

3 to 8 weeks. The ends keep moving every time you breath.

I broke ribs twice. Both times were in the dojo when someone was being an ass. Once on each side. The first week was the worst because when you roll over during your sleep it wakes you up.
JEC  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:38:22 PM
With broken ribs....a week of severe pain, a week of annoying pain, then a couple weeks of generally feeling "back to normal".
(Unless you overdo it. Then ya start all over again.)
ARDestructo  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:39:04 PM
6 weeks. Ish.
AZsaiga  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:42:19 PM
Had one broke in the 80's
before they put skirts on QB's

Hurts like a bitch
drink lots of OJ. you sure as fuck don't want a cold with a cough

in about 4 weeks you should be able to shit with out screaming
DD977GM2  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:42:30 PM
If the pain is pretty intense....take the pain meds only when u need them, much eaiser to sleep when using the pain meds.

Expect the discomfort to be there for around 8-10 weeks.
After about a month the pain moves to discomfort and isnt tooo bad.
With that said, people threshhold for pain is diffrent. i have cracked an broken ribs a number of times and each time was
annoying as hell.

Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:44:47 PM

Originally Posted By DD977GM2:
If the pain is pretty intense....take the pain meds only when u need them, much eaiser to sleep when using the pain meds.

Expect the discomfort to be there for around 8-10 weeks.
After about a month the pain moves to discomfort and isnt tooo bad.
With that said, people threshhold for pain is diffrent. i have cracked an broken ribs a number of times and each time was
annoying as hell.

Good luck and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Also the oxy will reduce the amount of OTC meds that you take that'll tank you liver

nightdh  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:45:38 PM
My pain lasted about 2 weeks IIRC.
superlazy  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:47:33 PM
Originally Posted By sigp226:
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.


oh I dont want hear that
I am taking. 800 mils 3 times a day and tossing in some Tylenol
I need to go back to work!
Saladshooter1  [Member]
12/22/2010 10:48:09 PM
Long ass time. Breaks don't hurt as bad as bruised ribs or muscle tears between the ribs. I am healing on week 1 of about 10 from trying to defy the law of gravity. Laz boy is going to be your friend as is ibuprofen. 2 cracked ribs and intercostal tear.
1MAC  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:49:58 PM
Not uncommon to still have some discomfort for up to six months. The worst part is the first month or two.

Don't try to shoot any 600 yard prone matches for a while, it will hurt like hell. Ask me how I know.
Star_Scream  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 10:51:23 PM

Originally Posted By superlazy:
Originally Posted By sigp226:
My friend slept in a LaZBoy recliner for a month after he broke two ribs. If you won't take the oxycontin, at least take a shitload of ibuprofen. They sell prescription strength pills with about double the amount of ibuprofen than the OTC pills. Ask your doc how many milligrams you can tolerate for how long, I forget the safe dosages.


oh I dont want hear that
I am taking. 800 mils 3 times a day and tossing in some Tylenol
I need to go back to work!

Not a good long term plan.

Ibuprofen is better than the others but over time you'll end up damaging something
waynzwld  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:01:41 PM
Depends on the person.
Broke 1 when caving, slick mud, slid into a stalagmite sideways, took a month to heal. Was 47 yo.
Broke 3 ribs caving, slipped on mud after leaving the cave, feet went out from under me laterally, landed perpendicular on a water-proof video camera case.
Heard those crack, had to walk 3/4 mile back to car carrying 50lbs of gear. took a month to heal, was 48 yo.
Last one was this year, had a gate "spring loaded" from a fallen tree on the barbed wire fence. while unhooking the chain & lock of the gate, the hinges let go.
Took a month to heal. 59 yo.

They hurt like hell for 3 weeks then it starts to get better.

Took only some aspirin and one time some OTC Advil.
17Z  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:07:06 PM
Yep..expect substantial pain for a couple weeks..tapering off after that...probably a couple months or so of pain...if you don't get re-buggered.

No wild sex(especialy a big-un that wants to get on top)..no rodeo bronc busting/bull riding, dirtbikes, football, baseball, sports in general...no picking up heavy shit that puts a load on the frame(transmissions, cylinder heads, case of 7.62nato, etc)...no doing much of anything for awhile.



RED_5  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:08:38 PM
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Typically––months.


QFTMFT

I thought I would NEVER heal

couldn't sit, stand, laydown, cough, sneeze, laugh, roll over, bend over, twist, etc.... w/o a LOT of friggin pain.


I've felt your pain


doin' ok now... I'm a bit gun-shy doing the same things that brought this on now
phatmax  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:12:26 PM
Originally Posted By superlazy:
Doc says I have a bilateral break and is worried it could shift.

I fell a week ago. when is this going to heal? He wants my on OXY! not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have now used up 5 days of sick and already had vaca, planned for the rest of the year.
Ugggg

Before anybody asks! I am not over weight but over 40


LONG fucking time depending on the break. I was in a rearend accident while in HS and cracked some stuff around my sternum (thanks Ford Escort automatic belt) in which I was a passenger. MFer was so tight it bent the metal around the buckle. It was a year before I could take a sharp, full breath without feeling pain.
LoganSackett  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:15:15 PM
Originally Posted By 17Z:
Yep..expect substantial pain for a couple weeks..tapering off after that...probably a couple months or so of pain...if you don't get re-buggered.

No wild sex(especialy a big-un that wants to get on top)..no rodeo bronc busting/bull riding, dirtbikes, football, baseball, sports in general...no picking up heavy shit that puts a load on the frame(transmissions, cylinder heads, case of 7.62nato, etc)...no doing much of anything for awhile.





Take this one seriously. Please.
Foxxz  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:25:48 PM
Bruised some ribs. Hurt for about 4 weeks. Yawning, laughing, sneezing. All incredibly painful.


-Foxxz
chrome1  [Life Member]
12/22/2010 11:28:49 PM
Broke a rib 2 years ago at 48 . Took about 6 weeks to get to the point where it didn't hurt
if something hit the area , but even now 2 years later I can still get a twinge of pain if I flex
that side of my rib cage just right
TheOtherDave  [Member]
12/22/2010 11:41:29 PM
Originally Posted By Sique:
If you were under 40 it would have healed by now. Over 40 and it will start to feel better in a few years.



Depends on how active you are. I broke three while laid off and reading electric meters to make ends meet. We were paid by the route, not the hour, so if I didn't finish my routes I didn't get paid.

It took 6 months, and I have a lump on each rib where it healed.
cubanchurchill  [Team Member]
12/22/2010 11:51:24 PM
A long time. Even longer when you think it healed and your bench pressing and hear a crunch- not good..
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